View Full Version : Yoga for amateur runners

05-16-2006, 12:34 AM

1. SPINE PARALLEL STRETCH ON CURVED BLOCK Excellent for pelvic rotation and the hamstrings

One comes across pros and amateurs in almost every sphere of life; but nowhere is the divide so clear as in the sporting world. And running being a natural tendency in most of us, a spontaneous urge, it is no surprise that a great many amateurs, especially in the 30 and above age group, have taken to it. But, as in golf, here too, unless sufficient time and effort are devoted to warming up and cooling down, the typical amateur `runs' the grave risk of `running' into physical grief sooner or later: for, the percentage of amateurs suffering sport injuries is markedly higher than that of pros, and understandably so, given the elaborate fitness regimen of the latter. Foot and leg care involves much more than slipping on a pair of branded shoes. Without supportive yoga care, the amateur flashing trendy shoes will derive about the same comfort that Duryodhana did when he donned a protective armour for battle without caring to know its proper use: Arjuna exposed his ignorance in no time at all and made him look sillhttp://www.hindu.com/mp/2005/09/21/images/2005092101340302.jpg
2 STANDING MOUNTAIN STRETCH WITH BLOCK SUPPORT Nothing better for the ankles, shins, calves and knees

Daily practice of inversions (the Sirshasana-Sarvangasana package) contributes enormously towards building up the immune system, lung power in particular. That great body-bridge, Setubandha Sarvangasana, has been demonstrated here, and for powerful reasons: the block renders the pose `oh, so doable' and for long spells (7- 8 mts considered optimal).

3 TRIKONA USING CURVED BLOCK Better safe than sorry

Setubandha is truly remarkable for the sweeping benefits it showers on the abhyaasi. Not least, it pacifies and cools the system along with Supta Vira, Viparita Karani and basic Ujjayee on pillow props (discussed previously). It should be practised as part of the `cool down' process on returning home after a run. And Supta Vira with bolster support gives a soothing, restful stretch to the front thigh muscles, the `quads'; also, its softening, relaxing influence on the heels is at once preventive and therapeutic. Flat feet, a nuisance to runners, is corrected over a period of time, and decent arches do form.

4 SUPTA VEERA: ON BOLSTER Restful stretch for quadripeds; good for heels and arches

Even if yoga considers — and rightly — running as an inferior form of fitness training (the yogi, Sri Krishnamacharya, is believed to have disdained running, as suitable only for horses!), if you feel so drawn to running, go right ahead, enjoy the exhilarating, elevating experience every day; the only suggestion would be to do at least Maintenance Yoga as a minimum precondition to make running an enduring pleasure. But for my yoga predilections, I'd be tempted to say, `Skoal'!

5 SETUBANDHA: ON `BRICK' BLOCK For post-run cooling down

06-20-2006, 05:14 PM
Wow very interesting! I should try this